Old-Fashioned Molasses Sugar Cookies

Whip up a batch of these old-fashioned molasses cookies, which are a perfect blend of sweet and spicy. The molasses adds a rich, caramelized depth, while the spices infuse each bite with the warm flavors of cinnamon and ginger. Rolled in sugar for a delightful crunch, these cookies are sure to be a hit with anyone who tries them.

Yield: A batch of warmly spiced cookies


  • 2 cups sugar, for sweetness
  • 1 cup shortening, for a tender crumb
  • 1/2 cup butter, slightly softened, for richness
  • 2 eggs, for structure
  • 1/2 cup molasses, for depth of flavor
  • 4 cups flour, for the cookie’s body
  • 1 tbsp baking soda, for rise
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, for warmth
  • 1 tsp salt, to balance flavors
  • 1 tsp ground ginger, for a spicy kick
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, for rolling the cookies


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Cream together sugar, shortening, and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and molasses, mixing until just combined.
  3. Blend in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and ginger to form a dough.
  4. Roll dough into balls, coat in sugar, and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-11 minutes, allowing the cookies to cool on the sheet before transferring to a rack.

These molasses cookies are the perfect treat to accompany a cup of tea or to serve at a gathering. Be sure to save this recipe for your next baking day, and don’t forget to share the love with friends and family. Enjoy the rich, molasses sweetness and the aromatic spices that make each cookie a delightful treat!

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